Wolf: Cam Newton is a freak
Cam Newton is a freak. He's 6'6" and 250-pounds. He runs like a deer with a long easy stride. He is powerful and shows the desire to make somebody pay should they oppose him. He has an easy release and a throwing motion that doesn't need a ton of work. Although he may have been a little rusty in the BCS National Championship Game, Cam Newton impressed me and appears to be from another planet.
Cam Newton is Superman in burnt orange and navy blue silks or, in this case, Supercam.
Look out there on the field!
It's a Tiger!
It's a War Eagle!
Faster than a speeding bullet,
more powerful than a locomotive,
able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,
Yes, People of the Sun, its Supercam, strange visitor from another team who came to the Basin with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.
Supercam, who can change the course of floundering teams, bend defenses with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Cecil Newton's son, mild mannered pastor of a great metropolitan church, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.
Cam Newton isn't from another planet but he is from a program that makes him another project. And he's a bit of a mystery. NFL scouts will tell you that physically he is everything you could ever want in a quarterback and they will also tell you that they don't quite know what lies within Mr. Newton. They will tell you that his tangibles are off the chart and they have never seen a specimen like him but in the next breath tell you his intangibles are questionable.
Does any of this sound familiar? How many quarterbacks have we seen come into the league from monster college football programs, loaded with talent, surrounded by talent, and ready for success at the next level? The list is long and the failures are well documented.
Josh Freeman isn't quite the specimen Mr. Newton is but he was a project coming out of Kansas State two-years ago and picking him 17th appears to have been a great pick by the Bucs. He is developing and absorbing the pro game well; time will tell.
Selecting a project QB 17, 18, 19 or higher doesn't seem to be a bad idea. You aren't married to an unproven commodity. The risks are mitigated. Selecting a QB in the top 10 is a different proposition altogether.
Nobody knows what's going to happen for sure with the new CBA and how labor issues will be resolved between the NFLPA and the NFL and that complicates the matter. Their may be a rookie wage-scale imposed on unproven rookies. If that happens, teams can afford to take chances on the Cam Newton's of the world; missing doesn't mean you and you're fan base are doomed for the foreseeable future.
I could be dead-wrong on this, but I have a hard time believing the wage-scale is going to be imposed on the 2011 draft-class. And this makes Cam Newton scary, real scary.
Cam Newton may turn out to be the greatest QB the NFL has ever seen. But teams need to be careful. After all, despite what you've heard, Superman doesn't exist.